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Awww! 20 of the world’s cutest animals

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Created: 04 May 2019

We've found the world's cutest animals and squeezed them into our latest book featuring 100 outrageously adorable creatures. Here are 20 of the best.

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We've found the world's cutest animals and squeezed them into our latest book featuring 100 outrageously adorable creatures. Here are 20 of the best.

The post Awww! 20 of the world’s cutest animals appeared first on Lonely Planet Kids.

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We’ve found the planet’s cutest animals and squeezed them into our new children’s book. From smiling alpacas and pygmy elephants to ocelots and inquisitive quokkas, there’s a mix of family favourites and charming, lesser-known critters – here are 20 to get you in the mood to coo.

WARNING: You may want to cuddle your screen as you scroll.

World's cutest animals - Malayan tapir

Malayan tapir are super cute © David & Micha Sheldon / Getty Images

Malayan tapir (Asia)

These animals have long, trunk-like noses like elephants, which they use to pull branches, leaves, and fruit from trees. They can also use their noses as snorkels to breathe underwater.

World's cutest animals - puffin

Look at that little face… © Livia Lazar / Getty Images

Puffin (Arctic Circle)

Don’t let the expression fool you! Puffins are very efficient hunters. They have spines on their upper beak and tongue, which are perfect for catching fish. And they can carry an average of 10 fish in their bill at once!

World's cutest animals - red panda

What a cutie © Simone Torkington / Getty Images

Red panda (Asia)

Red pandas eat lots of bamboo. They’re also expert climbers and spend most of their time in the trees – even when they eat and sleep! They wrap themselves in their big, fluffy tails to keep warm at night.

World's cutest animals - bearded emperor tamarin

Such a sweetie © AlexTurton / Getty Images

Bearded emperor tamarin (South America)

Bearded emperor tamarins have more of an adorable-looking mustache than a beard. They live in the rainforest, and are very social animals that groom each other often. This strengthens bonds between the members of the group.

World's cutest animals - Wallace's flying frog

Give us a smile! © irawansubingarphotography / Getty Images

Wallace’s flying frog (Asia)

These adventurous amphibians have a secret trick. They can fly! Well, sort of. When they jump and spread all four of their webbed feet at once, they can travel up to 15 metres in the air. Their feet act as wings!

World's cutest animals - capybara

Capybaras are the cutest © Chris Brunskill Ltd / Getty Images

Capybara (South America)

Capybaras are semiaquatic mammals that dive into water to escape predators. They can stay underwater for as long as five minutes. Like hippos, their eyes, ears and nostrils are all near the top of their heads. So they need only pop up the slightest bit to catch a breath!

World's cutest animals - African helmeted turtle

‘Well hello there!’ © Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH / Shutterstock

African helmeted turtle (Africa)

African helmeted turtles bury their whole bodies in mud to protect themselves. When found above ground, they look like they’re smiling – like they’re happy to see you!

World's cutest animals - slow loris

We’ll admire slow lorises from a distance… © Hoang Mai Thach / Shutterstock

Slow loris (Asia)

They may look sweet, but slow lorises are actually one of the few types of mammals with a venomous bite. Slow lorises will even lick their young to cover them in the toxin, so predators think twice before trying to eat them.

World's cutest animals - fennec fox

It’s all in the ears for the fennec fox © Floridapfe from S.Korea Kim in cherl / Getty Images

Fennec fox (Africa)

Fennec foxes are specially adapted for the desert. Their big, batty ears can grow up to half their size and release heat to keep their bodies cool. They also have extra-hairy feet to protect them from the hot sand.

World's cutest animals - alpaca

Alpacas are the masters of photo bombing – but we don’t mind © Pat Gaines / Getty Images

Alpaca (South America)

Alpacas have the cutest underbite! They don’t have any front teeth in the top row. This is what gives them that million-dollar smile. They also have very soft, warm fur. Farmers have to shear the fleece just so they don’t overheat in the summer!

World's cutest animals - Siberian chipmunk

Don’t you just want to pinch those cheeks? © stock_shot / Shutterstock

Siberian chipmunk (Asia)

Siberian chipmunks are good little diggers. They make huge underground burrows for themselves, and fill them up with food to last them while they hibernate all winter long. They only wake up to snack before snuggling back down to sleep.

World's cutest animals - Northern pygmy owl

If it’s fluffy and small, it’s cute © Feng Yu / Shutterstock

Northern pygmy owl (North America)

Good things come to those who wait. Northern pygmy owls hunt by staying totally still and quiet. Then they swoop down and surprise their prey out of nowhere!

World's cutest animals - ocelot

We like this ocelot… a lot © Leonardo Mercon / Shutterstock

Ocelot (South America)

Ocelots are bigger than house cats, but not as big as leopards or tigers. These kitties also never roar like lions do. Instead, they make chuckling or muttering sounds when they’re happy.

World's cutest animals - Bushbuck

‘Look into my eyes…’ © SAPhotog / Shutterstock

Bushbuck (Africa)

These shy grazers earned their name from where they like to forage for food or hide from predators: the bush! If they’re caught by surprise in the open, they’ll freeze or walk calmly to the bushes for cover.

World's cutest animals - Mandarin duck

Cute outfit © Edwin Godinho / Getty Images

Mandarin duck (Asia)

Male mandarin ducks (known as drakes) shimmy, preen and fluff their feathers during courting rituals! When these ducks pair up, they often stay together for many seasons.

World's cutest animals - meerkat

The classic cutie © irawansubingarphotography / Getty Images

Meerkat (Africa)

Meerkats are some of the most cooperative animals. They work in groups as large as 50 and take turns foraging for food. They live underground in tunnel systems called burrows, where they can stay safe from predators and keep cool during hot days.

World's cutest animals - Borneo pygmy elephant

Grown up or baby? Who knows!? © Patrick Meier / Getty Images

Borneo pygmy elephant (Asia)

Borneo pygmy elephants are the smallest species of elephant. Even the adults look like babies! Their tails are so long, they actually drag along the ground as they walk.

World's cutest animals - quokka

The world’s sweetest selfie takers © Luca Diehl / Shutterstock

Quokka (Australia)

Quokkas are about the size of cats and hop like kangaroos. They burrow underground for quick naps. Don’t expect to win a game of hide-and-seek with a quokka… you might be seeking for a while!

World's cutest animals - dugong

Gentle giants © Alex Churilov / Shutterstock

Dugong (Africa, Asia and Australia)

Dugongs eat only sea grasses at the bottom of shallow waters. But every once in a while they have to come up for air. Sometimes dugongs “stand” on their tails, peeking just the tip of their heads above water to breathe.

World's cutest animals - moose

‘Fancy a dip?’ © Volodymyr Burdiak / Shutterstock

Moose (Arctic Circle, Asia, Europe and North America)

Moose have thick skin adapted for cold weather. But this means they get hot! In warm weather, they are often found swimming in lakes or ponds to stay cool.

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